West Winch murder trial hears father's first thought after running over his daughter was the whereabouts of her boyfriend
The Lauren Malt murder trial has heard that her dad’s first thought after running over his daughter was the whereabouts of her boyfriend.
The jury was told that Nigel Malt got out of his black Mercedes car in Leete Way, West Winch, immediately after twice driving over 19-year-old Lauren.
“He said ‘where’s Arthur? Where’s Arthur? That was before he had shown any attention to the daughter he had just run over,” said Andrew Jackson, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, June 30.
Malt is said to have ignored pleas to leave his injured daughter alone until emergency services arrived, bundling her into his car.
He then took her to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital via West Winch Village Stores where his estranged wife Karen was working.
Mr Jackson said: “A few minutes after her admission [to A&E], she was formally pronounced dead at 7.47pm – 26 minutes and no more after the defendant had arrived at Leete Way with a crowbar, determined on violence.
“A few minutes after Lauren was formally pronounced dead, he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He complained of a pain in his chest.
“He said ‘my baby, it’s my mistake which caused all of this’.
“The enormity of what he had just done was just beginning to sink in. No doubt he started to regret what he had just done.”
Mr Jackson told the jury that in Malt’s first police interview he said Lauren’s boyfriend, Arthur Marnell, had come out of Lauren’s house behaving aggressively.
“He said Lauren had told [Malt] to leave and he began to drive off. Hearing shouting behind he reversed and then heard, in his words, “a bump”.
“He said he had looked in his rear-view mirror, wing mirror and over his shoulder. He got out to have a look and saw Lauren and had [then] taken her to hospital.”
Mr Jackson said in a later police interview, Malt went further in describing the collision with Lauren.
“He said when he had reversed he thought he had hit a wheelie bin and pulled the car forward.”
Malt had denied taking a crowbar out of the car, saying it was in there because he had been splitting logs earlier.
“The defendant’s case is that this was an accident,” said the prosecutor. “It seems he thought he reversed his car and thought he hit a wheelie bin and then moved forward.
“The prosecution case is that there can be no doubt that the defendant caused the death of Lauren and we can be sure on the evidence you hear that, using the car as a lethal weapon, he intended to kill her or cause her really serious harm.
“Having done that, he did the same again. The prosecution case is that this was not an accident.”
Mr Jackson told the jury that Malt’s anger had translated into violence and, on the evidence that members had already viewed, Lauren was “there to be seen”.
“You can be sure that the defendant saw her and reversed the car into her,” he said.
“Had a wheelie bin been in the street, he would have seen it in his way as he was driving slowly around the bend with Lauren walking slowly behind him. She was the only thing in the road the whole time.”
Malt, of Lynn Road, Lynn, denies murder. The trial continues.